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70% of A-bomb survivor organizations may disappear in 10 years

  • July 30, 2016
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Saturday morning’s Mainichi speculated that about 70% of atomic bomb survivors’ organizations across Japan may cease to exist in about ten years due to the aging of hibakusha and consequent decline in membership. According to health ministry data, the average age of A-bomb survivors was about 81 as of March this year. The financial foundation of many of these organizations has been weakened due to a decline in membership fees. The daily said the demise of hibakusha groups may weaken Japan’s calls for global peace and nuclear disarmament within the international community. Sunday’s Tokyo Shimbun carried a similar story. 

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